Title

From recipes to recetas: health beliefs and health care encounters in the rural Dominican Republic

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1999

Abstract

With the growing influx of immigrants from the Dominican Republic entering the U.S. yearly, it is important for nurses to become familiar with their traditional health beliefs and health care experiences. The purpose of this study was: (a) to identify health beliefs of rural Dominicans and (b) to describe health care encounters between rural Dominicans and a visiting team of U.S. nurses. The data on health beliefs were collected in six focus groups and were analyzed using content analysis techniques. Health encounter data were collected from 693 Dominicans as they presented to mobile clinics for care. Findings from the focus group interviews suggested that health beliefs fall into two major categories: physical and spiritual/mystical. The most frequently occurring health problems, summaries of medications dispensed, treatments provided, referrals made, and health teaching information are presented.

Comments

Copyright 1999 Journal of Cultural Diversity

Publication Title

Journal of Cultural Diversity

Published Citation

Babington, L.M., Kelley, B.R., Patsdaughter, C.A., Soderberg, R.M., Kelley, J.E. (1999). From recipes to recetas: health beliefs and health care encounters in the rural Dominican Republic. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 6(1), 20-25.

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